African Cats

(2011)

An epic true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. The story features Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a once banished lion. Disneynature brings “The Lion King” to life on the big screen in this True Life Adventure directed by Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill (“Earth”). An awe-inspiring adventure blending family bonds with the power and cunning of the wild, “African Cats” leaps into theatres worldwide beginning on Earth Day 2011.

BOX OFFICE BEATDOWN: ‘Rio’ Flies to the Top with $26.5 Million

It was another winning weekend for the movie industry with box office receipts up an estimated 34% from this time last year making everyone hope the 2011 slump is over. Rain in much of the country no doubt helped encourage moviegoers to buy a ticket and stay indoors.

You can't keep a good bird down evidently. Rio was the champ for the second weekend running. It's $26.5 million haul was enough to beat out Madea's Big Happy Family that opened to a robust $26 million. However, Tyler Perry's sixth cross-dressing film performed under expectations. Many had been projecting a $30 million opening weekend but it wasn't able to pull that off. The last two movies featuring his popular Madea character had opened at $41 million and $30 million. Are audiences getting tired of Madea?

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BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: ‘Madea's Big Happy Family’ Expected to Make Big, Happy Easter Haul

Tyler Perry is poised to be the big man on campus this weekend with his latest Madea offering, Madea's Big Happy Family, projected to pull in about $30 million. The last two films in the series featuring the popular character opened to $30 million and $41 million so this should be on par with those debuts.

He'll face a bit of competition from Rio, last week's champ. The film has had a strong week at the box office (making $3.6 million on Wednesday alone) so it should continue to do well this weekend since there isn't much new competition for its targeted family audience. Look for it to fly into the second position, but if Perry's movie stumbles, it could be a repeat win for the tropical bird flick. Hop should manage to stay in the top 5 as well due to the holiday weekend.

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EXCLUSIVE: Keith Scholey Talks ‘African Cats’

Disneynature celebrates Earth Day 2011 with the release of their latest wildlife documentary African Cats, a beautiful and stunning adventure that follows three big cat families trying to survive the savanna. We recently caught up with co-director Keith Scholey, who gave us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of this modern masterpiece.

Here is our conversation.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘African Cats’ Clip!

Disneynature is set to release its all-new documentary African Cats on April 22nd, with Samuel L. Jackson narrating this story about the majestic king lions of the savanna. We have an exclusive clip from this thrilling wildlife adventure which showcases a hungry crocodile facing off against the protector of the pride. To watch a truly amazing display of cinematography and real-life conflict, click on the clip below.

African Cats was released April 22nd, 2011.

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Walt Disney Studios and DreamWorks Studios 2011 Sneak Preview

Walt Disney Studios and DreamWorks Studios have released a preview of their upcoming 2011 release slate for movies opening between January and December. The upcoming movies include: Gnomeo and Juliet, I Am Number Four, Mars Needs Moms, African Cats, Prom, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Cars 2, Winnie the Pooh, The Help, Fright Night, Real Steel, The Muppets, War Horse.

Gnomeo and Juliet - February 11

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Second African Cats Trailer

African Cats was released April 22nd, 2011.

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